Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials
Shasta Daisies Offer Something Old and Something New
by Charlie Nardozzi
Shasta daisies are perennial garden favorites because of their large, pure white flowers and easy-care growth habit. Now a rediscovered old variety and a recently bred new one add unique flower types and colors to the traditional daisies.
Fiona Coghill Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum superbum Fiona Coghill) was first bred and introduced in England in the 1960s. It was lost from cultivation until recently when it was rediscovered in a home garden in Ireland. Now its available for the world to grow again. Fiona Coghill features large, shaggy, creamy-white, chrysanthemum-like blossoms that open from yellow buds. The 30-inch-tall plants have sturdy stems, so the flowers are ideal for cutting.
Goldrausch (Leucanthemum maximum Goldrausch) is a new, petite Shasta daisy that can be grown in a container as well as in the garden. The plants grow 12 to 14 inches tall and produce sunflower-like blooms that are 3 to 4 inches in diameter. The flowers have widely spaced outer white petals surrounding an inner ring of shorter, slightly twisted petals of yellow and gold with an amber gold cone. Goldrausch reblooms after deadheading and makes a great cut flower.